Lonely Planet Writer

Some of New York’s top attractions will be free on 13 June for the Museum Mile Festival

If you want to see some of New York’s finest cultural institutions – without paying the entry fee – then set aside Tuesday, 13 June and take part in the Museum Mile Festival.

People from around New York and visitors in the city will be able to hit up seven of the city’s best museums located along the “Museum Mile” – a stretch of Fifth Avenue lined with cultural hot spots for free. But beyond the free entry, the festival also shuts a section of the famous shopping street down to traffic, turning it into a giant block party with music, entertainment and family events. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm and will be on, rain or shine, between 82nd and 105th streets.

The Metroplitan Museum of Art at night.
See some of New York’s top attractions for free on 13 June. Image by F. M. Kearney / Design Pics / Getty Images

What museums are free for the Museum Mile Festival?

El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will all be free. The regular prices of the museums range from a suggested $9 donation at El Museum del Barrio to $25 for adults at the Guggenheim and The Met.

The Guggenheim in New York at night.
Get inside the Guggenheim Museum without the entry fee on 13 June. Image by Murat Taner / Getty Images

What can visitors see along the Museum Mile?

The seven free museums contain some pretty incredible works of art and a wide variety of historical and cultural artifacts. The Met is one of New York’s top attractions, containing everything from Egyptian Art to contemporary American artists like Jeff Koons. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is famous for its incredible building – designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – and contains plenty of contemporary art from Jackson Pollock to the headline-grabbing gold toilet entitled “America”, by Maurizio Cattelan. If you’ve already hit up those famous spots, El Museo del Barrio will teach visitors about the art and history of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. The Jewish Museum tracks the intersection of art and Jewish culture, while the Neue Galerie New York focuses on German and Austrian art. To visit the US’ only museum on historical and contemporary design, stop by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. And to learn a bit more about the city itself, stop in at the Museum of the City of New York.